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Youth Ministry

A welcoming community for middle and high school students

“I come because it’s different from other groups I belong to. It doesn’t matter what you are at school; here you can be more like you. It’s fun to be together with friends and do the trips, but sometimes there is something more. I can’t quite describe it, but that something more is why I keep coming back.”
– a First Church youth

FUMC Youth Ministry

The FUMC Youth Ministry engages all middle and high school students in a supportive, welcoming community that invites young people to grow in a life-long relationship with Christ and each other through service, worship, and fun.

Upcoming Events

Austin CROP Hunger Walk

Sunday, February 25 | 2:00PM Gathering; 2:30PM Step-Off | Camp Mabry, 2200 West 35th
This family-friendly interfaith community event raises funds for hungry people here in Austin and around the world. Come early to enjoy tunes from DJ Sunset, meet representatives of local agencies to learn more about their mission, and visit education booths. Enjoy an energetic performance by special guests, the Sonyashnyk Austin Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Kona Ice (weather permitting!) with a portion of the proceeds going to the Walk. IDs are required for drivers and adult passengers as you pass through the Camp Mabry Security gate. Dogs are welcome, and are allowed to be walked on the track if they are cleaned up after and leashed.

ASP Construction Workshop

Sunday, March 3 | 12:15PM-3:00PM | FUMC Parking Lot
This is the first of our mandatory Appalachia Service Project Construction Workshops for all members of the 2024 ASP team. The construction workshop is required for all team members. We will meet in the church parking lot after the 11:00AM worship service ends. Lunch will be provided. Save the date for the second mandatory construction workshop, which will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 9:00AM-12:00PM. Contact Devon Bailey, Director of Youth Ministries, at devon@fumcaustin.org with question. 

Youth Skate Night at Playland Skate Center.

Youth Spring Break Event: Kayaking at Ladybird Lake

Sunday, March 17 1:00-3:30PM | 74 Trinity Street
Middle and high school students are invited to wrap up Spring break with an afternoon of kayaking on Ladybird Lake. We will be on the water from 1:00-3:30PM, bring/grab lunch, wear sunscreen, and meet us downtown. The cost is $30/person and friends are welcome with registration. For youth who plan to park downtown and join us, park in the garage and meet in front of the Family Life Center at 12:15PM to walk down to the waterfront. Adults who are dropping youth off can meet the group at the Four Seasons Hotel at 98 San Jacinto Blvd at 12:45PM so that we can make our 1:00PM reservation at the Austin Rowing Club located behind the Four Seasons Hotel. Pick up for those who did not drive themselves will be at 3:30PM in the Four Seasons Parking Lot. Release forms will be sent with registration. Contact Devon Bailey with questions.

Sunday Schedule

Sunday School

Join us Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. to wake up with fellowship, study, and donuts! We will gather for music and announcements, then split into middle school and high school groups to awaken to God’s word.

6th-8th grades meet in Room 202 in the Family Life Center
9-12th grades meet in Room 203 in the Family Life Center

 

Engage – Sunday Evenings

Engage is taking a little break for the summer, but once school starts, come Sunday nights to dig deeper through fellowship, study, and prayer. We will engage our whole selves in discussion, prayer, and worship…plus a whole lot of fun! Engage meets on Sunday nights weekly throughout the school year from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. 

Connect Self, Community, God

Our Tweens (5th, 6th, and 7th graders) are invited to join us as we build relationships, serve, and help youth connect to one another and with God during the transitional pre-teen years. Connect will meet periodically on Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center.

Confirmation

Our 8th, 9th, and 10th graders are invited to take the next step in their faith journey. Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in Baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. Confirmands are asked to remember their Baptism, so we ask each of our participants to have been baptized prior to completing Confirmation. Confirmands will complete their Confirmation by being asked to take the same vows of membership in The United Methodist Church and our local congregation that all who join are asked.